Wk 13- Artist Conversation-Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: No name

Media: found objects, plaster, clay, wood

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website: none

Instagram: @nickbamf4d


Nick Bamford is an undergrad student in his last year in the BFA ceramics art program. He is from Huntington Beach and fell into his love for art in high school. Nick always enjoyed art as a kid but taking a ceramics class in high school greatly deepened his passion for art. His interests of building things and experimenting with objects stems from his love for art. Nick especially enjoys sculpting and finds joy in creating new things from a simple block of clay.

Nick’s largely scaled art work is a combination of various found objects, plaster, clay and wood. Each of the pieces include sharp, and jagged edges as the different objects come together. Nick’s use of vibrant colors such as lime green, neon orange, magenta and electric blue really captures the audience’s attention. He chose to utilize neon lights because he has always liked black lights and finds that it brings a more artistic meaning.

His art work isn’t inspired by anything in particular but instead, each of the objects used in his sculptures are from his own life whether it be random or not. Therefore, the art pieces Nick creates are somewhat personal to him. Although there is no definite meaning, Nick encourages onlookers to take in each sculpture and interpret their own meaning and relate it back to his or her life. Nick also describes the objects in the art work as exploring different concepts of use and putting things to use for a different purpose.

Overall, I found Nick’s sculptures to be extremely captivating with his unique use of bright colors and random objects. I also found that placing the self-lit sculptures in a dark gallery greatly increased its appeal. In my opinion, I see the dark gallery as the world we live in and the brightly lit sculptures as treasures or joy’s each person can find in life if they just look. I loved Nick Bamford’s exhibit and I look forward to seeing more art from him!



Wk 5- Artist Conversation- Andre Ritter

Artist: Andre Ritter

Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form A Single Entity

Media: Aluminum

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website or Instagram: none


Andre Ritter graduated from the Metals Program in the CSULB School of Art last spring and is showcasing his work as an alumni. His interests include reading comic books, watching The Walking Dead, and playing volleyball at the beach. Andre loves anything tiki and gets a lot of inspiration from the South Pacific. This stems from him previously living in Hawaii for seven years. He also has an eight and a ten year old son and is currently working on creating an art program at their school.

The chandelier in the picture above is a beautiful work of art created by Ritter. He utilized aluminum throughout the piece because he loves the permanence of metal. The piece also consists of sharp, straight, and clean cut lines that make geometric designs apparent. The smooth looking texture and grey color is due to the aluminum used. Ritter also describes the scale of the piece as large.

For this piece, Ritter was inspired by tropical and exotic places. He also wanted to make the chandelier appear abstract and mysterious. While talking to Andre, he stated that the chandelier reminds him of a dark and stormy evening. His love for Hawaii and other South Pacific regions greatly reflects the inspiration behind his work.

In my opinion, Andre’s art emits a rustic yet homely feel. His incorporation of tropical and Hawaiian elements makes the piece more personal because he lived in Hawaii. I think the chandelier is both practical and functional in the way that it could be placed in almost any home as decoration. Although it could be used in a home,  the practicality of the art doesn’t make it any less unique because the designs on them are one of a kind.